This small Shaker cabinet was inspired by a piece from the Hancock, Mass., Shaker community. Christian Becksvoort made some design changes, such as substituting a frame-and-panel door for the original slab door. The cabinet’s light but strong dovetailed case is dressed up with non-structural top and bottom panels with overhanging, bullnosed edges. The semi-circular hanger was adapted from a larger cabinet. This cabinet looks great in any number of woods, or with a painted finish.
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I REALLY enjoyed building this cabinet for a number of reasons. Some I knew in advance, such as:
1. CVB wrote that he had built a number of them and liked the design, so that alone was reason enough to do it. The guy knows his stuff and I wish he had a spare bedroom for rent.
2. I'm attracted to smaller things that are easier to machine and handle during the assembly and finish process.
3. Use of paint-grade material (pine) for the first one would provide a feel for the build without worrying about material cost if I messed it up (not that it's ever happened before, but . . . ;)
4. The free look. From the get-go I could see that the project would provide great practice on half-blinds with the knowledge the decorative top and bottom would cover them up if they weren't perfect. They weren't and they did. The overall build was straightforward and with more to come.
Nearing the "oh my gosh this thing is almost finished and I got no idea what to do with it" I was visiting one of the kids whose sitting room features a large fireplace/hearth, and noticed that the big blue pots on her mantel were about the same color as the Federal Blue paint in one of the article pix, and that a matching accent piece on the hearth might fit and also provide a spot to hide the remote. She agreed and I learned some good lessons about milk paint along the way.
My stock answer to the "so how's your woodworking coming along?" is "well, some of it is almost good enough to give away" and for my lovely daughter followed by "Happy Birthday to You."